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Re: “Pay may inch up for state employees

As one impacted by the decision to give state staff no COLA this year... it's disgusting to see the upper Administration making 6 figure salaries WELL beyond the average... while we make less than a standard employee at Walmart (but they require college degrees for a lot of our positions).

The funny thing about this "possible" 1% increase... is that our insurance premiums went up 3%, parking costs went up, and we're now required to give a mandatory retirement contribution that will increase 1% every year until it's at 5%. Completely decimating even a 1% increase, but currently at 0%.... our take home income dropped.

And yet this state still votes overwhelmingly in favor of these politicians, because of social/religious beliefs... instead of their own self-interests (while these politicians line their pockets). And this is why Arkansas is scraping the bottom of the barrel... only bested by Mississippi.

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Posted by John West IV on 09/29/2016 at 11:42 AM
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